UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The No. 10-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team overcame a two-goal deficit to earn its first victory of 2014, defeating Missouri, 3-2, today, at the Penn State Invitational, at Jeffrey Field.
Junior forward Kelsie Maloney
was the offensive spark the Mountaineers needed, as she had a hand in all three goals, finishing with four points (1 G, 2 A). Senior forward Kate Schwindel
also finished with four points today, scoring WVU’s first goal and the game-winner.
“Kelsie grinded her way into all three of those goals today, and I think she and Kate stepped up as leaders,” said Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “They made those goals happen.”
Down two goals in the 47th minute, the Mountaineers (1-1) upped their pressure, rattling off three goals and shutting down the Tigers’ (0-1-1) chances.
WVU finished the match with an advantage in shots (18-12) and shots on-goal (8-7). Corner kick opportunities were even at two for each team, while the Tigers tallied 11 fouls to WVU’s four. Maloney, Schwindel and junior forward Kailey Utley
combined for 12 shots today.
“The team came out strong today, but we made two mistakes that Missouri capitalized on, and you can’t allow that,” said Izzo-Brown. “I think we showed a lot of resiliency today, and we were finally able to finish.
“Friday night wasn’t the West Virginia soccer we want to play. Everyone had a job to do today, and we accomplished what we wanted to do.”
|Junior forward Kelsie Maloney had a hand in all three of the Mountaineers' goals today.
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Junior Hannah Steadman
made five saves in the win, while Mizzou’s McKenzie Sauerwein also finished with five saves.
Schwindel netted her first golden goal of the season in the 89th minute, making good on brilliant foot work by Maloney. Out on the wing, Maloney drew Sauerwein out of the net before sending a cross to Schwindel, who was tucked close to the post and sent her shot far post for her second score of the match.
Schwindel and Maloney connected for the Mountaineers’ first goal, too, in the 54th minute. Maloney sent a cross to a diving Schwindel where only she could reach it, and the Livingston, New Jersey, native connected on the ball and set it past Sauerwein’s outstretched arms.
Maloney evened the score eight minutes later. After receiving the ball from junior forward Kailey Utley
, Maloney played with the Mizzou defenders before taking a blast from the top of the box that went far post.
The Tigers got on the board early, taking advantage of a chance in the seventh minute. Mizzou’s Taylor Grant took the ball behind the Mountaineer defense and made good on a one-time look, taking a shot from 16-out that hit off Steadman’s outstretched hands and trickled into the net near post.
Grant padded Mizzou’s lead two minutes into the second half, beating defender Carly Black
and putting the ball behind a downed Steadman.
The Mountaineers possessed the ball for the majority of the first 45, taking nine shots, three-times their output in the team’s season opener Friday.
Freshman Amandine Pierre-Louis
had the Mountaineers’ lone shot on-goal in the first half, getting a free look in the 22nd minute from just outside the box, but Sauerwein easily fell on it.
Maloney tallied two shots in the first half, including one that went off the crossbar in the eighth minute.
Today was the first meeting between the two teams.
The Mountaineers open their 2014 home season at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium this Friday, Aug. 29, against No. 12 Duke, at 7:30 p.m. The match is a “Dollar Day,” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas are available for $1 each. Additionally, it is a “Gold Rush,” with all fans encouraged to wear gold in support of the Mountaineers. Additionally, all fans will receive a 2014 women’s soccer schedule poster.
The Mountaineer Ticket Office is now offering a Varsity Sports Flex Plan, a bargain for families who plan on attending a WVU varsity sporting event. Flex plan packages are available for just $20. A package provides 10 vouchers redeemable for single game tickets at any of these WVU sporting events: women’s soccer, men’s soccer, volleyball, gymnastics and wrestling.